Fact-Checking Obama’s State Of The Union Speech

Fact-Checking Obama's State Of The Union SpeechPresident Barack Obama did some cherry-picking Tuesday night in defense of his record on jobs and laid out a conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that may be less onerous than he made it sound. A look at some of the claims in his State of the Union speech and how they fit with the facts:

‘New jobs’

OBAMA: “After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over 6 million new jobs.”

THE FACTS: Obama starts his count not when he took office, but from the point in his first term when job losses were the highest. In doing so, he ignores the 5 million or so jobs that were lost on his watch, up to that point. Private sector jobs have grown by 6.1 million since February 2010. But since he became president, the gain is a more modest 1.9 million.

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OBAMA: “We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas.”

THE FACTS: Under a deal the Obama administration reached with automakers in 2011, automobile manufacturers won’t start making changes to achieve the new fuel economy standards until model year 2017.

OBAMA: “Already the Affordable Care Act is helping to reduce the growth of health care costs.”

THE FACTS: The jury is still out on whether Obama’s health care overhaul will reduce the growth of health care costs.

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‘Earned citizenship’

OBAMA: “Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship — a path that includes passing a background check, paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning English and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to come here legally.”

THE FACTS: Like those living abroad who have applied to come to the U.S. legally, illegal immigrants who qualify for Obama’s proposed path to citizenship will surely face long waits to be processed. But during that time, they are already in the U.S. and will get to stay, work and travel in the country under their new status as provisional immigrants, while those outside the U.S. simply have to wait.

Were you satisfied with Obama’s State of the Union Speech? Feel free to share your thoughts on the points highlighted.

Source: Calvin Woodward, Associated Press, Yahoo News

Image: International Business Times

Adastra Super Yacht — One-Of-A-Kind Watercraft

In the world of boating, there are yachts, super yachts, and then there’s the Adastra, a massive, custom built masterpiece of engineering that looks more like a spacecraft from Star Wars than an actual vehicle.

Unfortunately, a new class of marine transportation hasn’t yet been coined, so for the time being the 140-foot will have to reside within the “super yacht” category, though to lump it in with any other water-faring ride does a bit of a disservice to its creators at John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs.


The massive vessel’s unique triple hull design — also known as a “trimaran” — was based on world record-breaking boats like the Ady Gil. But while previous tri-hulls were created with speed, fuel efficiency, and weight in mind, the Adastra mixes its braun with beauty. Featuring a luxurious interior, complete with dinning area, fancy sleeping spaces, and even a bathroom and shower, the brand new barge is both easy on the gas and the eyes. The ship features a master cabin as well as two guest cabins that will comfortably house a total of nine guests, crew quarters for up to six, and a plethora of deck space for taking in the sights.

Designed and built over a span of five years, virtually every aspect of the Adastra’s construction keeps its weight to a minimum while still being eye-catching. The Adastra’s top speed hovers around 22 knots, giving it considerable get-up-and-go for a personal luxury yacht, while its fuel-sipping, 1,150hp Caterpillar engine allows it to travel 4,000 miles in a single trip. If you’re looking to get your hands on the Adastra, you’re out of luck: There’s just one of these remarkable vessels in the world, and it’s already spoken for.

Let’s hear from the travel lovers! Would you be willing to spend a hefty sum to own this sleek baby?

Source: Yahoo News

Image: News To Talk

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